TA-NEHISI COATES

                                   At the Festival Albertine

TA-nEHISI COATES at ALBERTINE, NOVEMBer 2016 (photo: Cerise Maréchaud)

TA-nEHISI COATES at ALBERTINE, NOVEMBer 2016 (photo: Cerise Maréchaud)

If you read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 essay and best-selling book, Between the World and Me, you knew you were reading something special. For many, it was the first time they understood and fully grasped that American Dream was nothing but fiction for a massive portion of the country's population. It was a view of life in America made raw and real for those who have themselves experienced life as black person in America, and for those who have not.

In an interview with Coates at Festival Albertine this past week, the author and essayist took a break from the frenzy of an event that drew crowds of New Yorkers to the salons of the Fifth Ave bookstore for a moment of introspection. He shared his thoughts on the end of the Obama era, his mentor David Carr, and about writing when nobody's reading.


CLAUDIA RANKINE

                                   At the Festival Albertine

CLAUDIA RANKINE AT ALBErTIne, 2016 (Photo: Cerise Maréchaud)

CLAUDIA RANKINE AT ALBErTIne, 2016 (Photo: Cerise Maréchaud)


D'DE KABAL

         At the Festival Albertine


KELLY SUE DECONNICK

                                                       At the Festival Albertine

Kelly sue deconnicK (photo: courtesy albertine)

Kelly sue deconnicK (photo: courtesy albertine)


Scholastique Mukasonga

                                                            At the Festival Albertine

SCHOLASTIQUE MUKASONGA (Photo: Cerise Marechaud)

SCHOLASTIQUE MUKASONGA (Photo: Cerise Marechaud)